School News & Updates

Thank you to everyone who brought money over the last couple of weeks. I collected nearly €60 today when I visited the classrooms. This will pay for October & for the present & postage of the gift we’ll be sending in the next week or so. Thanks again, Mrs Berry.

We were very lucky with the beautiful weather all week to allow us to really enjoy all the fun activities that were organised. The children practised Rugby, Gaelic football and Hurling skills. They danced along to Jungle Body, played lots of different games, and had great fun participating in Sports Day races. Have a look at some of the activities.


Our picnic in the park was a huge success. Bigger children played with little children. Some relaxed on the picnic blankets. New friends were made while children learned new skills. Siblings played together and teachers had a chat. The tug of war and the edible treats were a definite favourite for many. 


Our picnic in the park was a huge success. Bigger children played with little children. Some relaxed on the picnic blankets. Siblings played together and teachers had a chat. The tug of war and the edible treats were a definite favourite for many. 


The Model School was well represented in the Monaghan Coaching & Games Blitz in Cloghan last week. Two teams from 1st Class participated in the event. They played with great enthusiasm and had lots of fun! Well done boys & girls!


Congratulations to our 5th and 6th class girls who participated in the Interschool Show Jumping Competition at Mullaghmore Equestrian Centre. Lots of rosettes and plaques to be proud of after a successful competition for all. Congratulations girls! 


On 21st March we marked World Down Syndrome Day by participating in the Lots of Socks fundraising campaign for the Down Syndrome Centre North East. We were delighted to donate €700 to this wonderful organisation who provide invaluable support for children and their families in the local area. Thank you to everyone who donated. Your support and generosity is very much appreciated. 

Have a look at some of our 'Lots of Socks' photos below! 

Monaghan Model School celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge between the 1st and 17th March 2023.

Each class celebrated the Irish language in different ways. Some classes learned new Irish songs, some completed PE through Gaeilge and some used ICT to promote the language.

The whole school celebrated Seachtain na Gaeilge together in St Patrick's Church. This was a brilliant day all round. Everyone wore a green item of clothing for the day. The church was like a sea of green when everyone was seated.

Each class performed a rhyme, song, dance or a drama for the rest of the school. It is fair to say the children performed to a very high standard. Well done to all!

At the end of the assembly, each class teacher awarded a 'Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine' from their classroom. Congratulations to those who achieved a certificate.

See the photographs below.

This year we celebrated World Book with "The Great Read" along with our "BookFlix" displays.   6th Class helped transform the Resources area into a Cosy Book Den with comfy gymnastics mats to stretch out on, lights, book displays and lots of cuddly blankets.  Book Chat Corners allowed pupils to meet for short Book Club chats with a few friends at some stage during our times in the den.   Children brought in their own pillows, cushions, teddies and even some pyjamas were spotted  smile . Each class had their turn to enjoy a long, comfy read.  We had lots of fun and the children really enjoyed their time chilling out with a good book. 

The best part probably for 5th and 6th were the Buddy Reading sessions with Junior and Senior Infants.  It was amazing to see how excited the infants were in the one-to-to book sessions and our fantastic 5th class and 6th class pupils shone in making the stories come to life for their young charges! Lovely memories made!

Back in our classrooms book games, competitions, activities and reviews were also enjoyed.  The children will continue to add their book cover copies to our Bookflix displays under their chosen title.  Will your book make "Trending", "One for the Boys" , "Girls in Charge" or will it be "One to Miss"?



Peace will be 12 at the end of February. This is what we’ll be sending her. Thanks to all who brought in money to enable us to buy the present. Mrs Berry will be in the classrooms in the next fortnight to collect any money from the yellow boxes. This will be used towards postage, which could be as much as €25. 

Ms Hazlett celebrated her wedding in December. The fourth class children started the celebrations in style with balloons, cake and fancy dress to mark their teacher's last day as Ms Hazlett! We look forward to welcoming Mrs Duffy back to school in January. Congratulations Mr and Mrs Duffy, we wish you both a long and happy life together. 

The 6th class children shared some Christmas cheer with the residents at Mullinahinch House Nursing Home. This was a lovely experience for both the children and the older folk who enjoyed the enthusiastic singing and beautiful fiddle and tin whistle music played by the children. Many thanks to Leona in Mullinahinch for the invitation to visit and for the lovely treats offered to the children after their performance! 


The PA Committee organised a fantastic party night for the pupils from 3rd - 6th class. It was a night filled with games, music, fun and friendship and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Sincere thanks to all those involved in organising the party. It was a great success!

Happy Christmas from World Vision & Peace! Here is a photo of the notice board. Look at all the smiley stickers on it, thank you to everyone who has brought money in….because of your generosity the board is so full. I also pinned up a Happy Christmas card from World Vision thanking us for our support! Keep it up everybody!

Thank you to all the pupils who helped make a wonderful card for Peace. Christmas in Uganda is very different, it is celebrated but the emphasis is on going to church & celebrating Jesus’ birth rather than trees, presents and turkey! The weather of course is much hotter too, Peace will have never seen ice or snow. December is also the end of term and her Christmas holidays will be much longer, more like our summer ones. The Government run schools also closed early due to the Ebola outbreak which is being contained but it was felt it was safer to close schools early.

Mrs Berry will also be sending her a small gift from the school, a dress, sweets, book, bag & t-shirt. It would be great if EVERYONE could bring in some money to help pay for the present & the postage. 

World Vision also sent us a Christmas card, thanking us for our continued support.

A huge thank you to the parents on the PA committee for organising a very enjoyable party night for the children from Infants - 2nd class. The children arrived dressed in their fabulous Christmas attire and were ready for a great night of entertainment and fun. They finished the night with some sweet treats and crisps. A great end to a great evening! 


We welcomed Jane Barr from the Ulster Scots Agency to school yesterday to present the 6th class children with their exam certificates. We are delighted to have a strong fiddle tuition programme in the school funded completely by the Ulster Scots Agency. The children enjoy free tuition and are making wonderful progress under the instruction of Keith Lyttle, our fiddle tutor. Congratulations to you all! We are very proud of what you have achieved. 


A huge thank you to all of you who supported our Team Hope Shoe Box Appeal. We were delighted to donate 95 filled shoe boxes and a monetary donation of over €300. We are sure your shoe boxes will bring great happiness to many children this Christmas. A marvellous number of boxes from our very generous school community. Thank you all! 

2nd Class travelled to the Entekra Monaghan GAA Centre in Cloghan last Thursday to participate in the Monaghan Coaching & Games Primary School Blitz. Our school was represented by two teams of talented and enthusiastic boys and girls. It was a windy and chilly day, but the children didn't seem to mind as they were all having too much fun on the pitch! Both teams performed strongly, showing lovely sportsmanship to their own teammates and their opponents. The event was very well organised, and it was great to get back to playing team events with other schools.We look forward to taking part in many more over the school year.